BOXING Jake LaMotta vs Norman Hayes II



The rematch between "The Bronx Bull" Jake LaMotta and Norman "Tommy" Hayes. Hayes pulled off the upset in their first encounter but LaMotta was desperate for revenge to get his career back on track! More info below... Norman Hayes started his short boxing career in 1949. In December 1950 he beat undefeated Paul Pender by unanimous decision which included knocking him down twice in the process. In the rematch 1 month later however Hayes was beaten badly and KO'd in the 7th. Paul Pender would later go on to become World Middleweight Champion. In December 1951 Hayes scored a 10 round split decision over former European Welterweight Champion Robert Villemain. He followed this up in January 1952 by beating Jake LaMotta via 10 round split decision. In February 1952 Hayes lost a 10 round decision to former European Welterweight Champion Charles Humez and in March he lost a 10 round decision to Laurent Dauthuille. Hayes had a very active and busy schedule and entered the rematch with LaMotta holding 23-9-1 record. Jake LaMotta is one of the toughest boxers of all time. He was a former World Middleweight Champion and the first person to beat the great Sugar Ray Robinson. In 1951 LaMotta lost his Middleweight World title to long time rival Sugar Ray Robinson in one of the most bloodiest fights of all time, the St Valentines Day Massacre. Following the loss LaMotta gained 15 pounds and tried his luck at Light Heavyweight against Bob Murphy but was forced to retire after 8 rounds. This was followed by a split decision loss to Norman Hayes in their first encounter and then coming up short with a draw against Gene Hairston shortly after. In his last 4 fights LaMotta had gone 0(W)-3(L)-1(D), hardly impressive for a former World Champion and many wondered if LaMotta had anything left to give. He entered the rematch with Hayes holding 78-17-4 record. The fight itself was somewhat different to the first. Hayes was adopting the use of a bolo punch and LaMotta was taking a more methodical slow approach to wear down his younger opponent. In the middle rounds LaMotta showed good head movement and regular use of his jab to get in close and then unleash heavy body shots. Round 10 was the most competitive of the fight with both men trading blows. LaMotta was backed into the ropes during the final stretch and Hayes peppered him with weak but repeated rights and lefts. LaMotta was playing possum however and in the final 20 seconds he started to counter with lunging left hooks from an arms wide open stance just daring Hayes to throw a punch. After 10 rounds LaMotta was awarded the victory. Hayes would only have 1 more win coming in 1952 against Joey DeJohn. He retired in 1953 with a 24-17-1 record. Only 1 of his 17 losses was by KO, a testament to just how tough this almost forgotten battler truly was. LaMotta would follow his win over Hayes with successful rematches against Bob Murphy and Gene Hairston. In December 1952 however LaMotta would suffer the first knock down of his career at the hands of unheralded Danny Nardico and retired after 7 rounds. He took a 15 month break from boxing and returned in March 1954 picking up KO wins over Johnny Pretzie and Al McCoy. In April 1954 LaMotta would retire from boxing for good following a controversial split decision loss to Florida State Middleweight Champion, Billy Kilgore. His final record stood at 83-19-4.